Pune: The Name Committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has introduced important changes in the process of approving proposals regarding naming properties owned by it following the implementation of four-member panel system in the civic body.
Four elected members represent the same ward. Hence, they have to evolve a consensus before approving a proposal regarding naming a PMC-owned property such as swimming pool, parking lot, subway, etc, located in their ward. The four members have to sign the proposal either as a proposer or a seconder. If there is no consensus on a proposal, three members representing the same ward can form the consensus in favour of or against the proposal.
According to Name Committee Chairman Bapurao Karne, the new rules came into force from Friday. The civic administration has been asked to submit its reports or views regarding non-approved proposals afresh with more clarity.
As the four members represent the same area, it is expected that all members should unanimously decide a proposal. If there is no consensus, then any three of them can form the consensus to approve the proposal, he said.
Karne said there were 31 proposals pertaining to naming public properties after renowned personalities. Of these proposals, some were directly forwarded to the Name Committee by the civic administration requesting it to decide. However, the civic administration did not categorically say 'yes' or 'no'. Hence, the committee asked the administration to submit its specific opinion instead of putting the ball in the Name Committee's court. He said sometimes a property is under construction or development work is only on paper. In that case also, naming proposals come before the Name Committee. In such cases, the Name Committee members do not know the ground situation, before forwarding the proposal.